A festival that harkens to Austin’s over-saturated SXSW festival without the tasteless inundation of branding in the name of culture (yet), Northside Festival returns to North Brooklyn from June 6 – 12 and is still a great opportunity to catch bands you know alongside local groups you may have only heard mention of. As you skip around venues old and new, these are some of the acts that would be a shame to miss.
Unit J Record Label Launch Party (Thursday 6/9, 7PM – 2AM @House of YES, 2 Wykoff Ave ) Independent record label Unit J records is launching a new website and music video series. Short film and music video screenings plus 10 musicians (including Dru Cutler) lined up to play on two stages. RSVP + Eventbrite
We’ve partnered with our friends at Supercrush Studio and Cara Bella to bring you a line up of some of our favorite artists to one of our favorite local haunts. Get a glimpse of some unreleased tunes in live performances, including ones by Heliotropes who are returning once again to headline our show.
33 1/3 Book Series Present Frankie Cosmos & Ava Luna (Saturday, 6/11, 8PM @Rough Trade, 64 North 9th). Appreciators of 33 1/3’s short books on albums will appreciate Frankie Cosmos rendition of Liz Phair’s “Exile in Guyville” and Ava Luna’s performance of Serge Gainsbourg’s “Histoire de Melody Nelson”. This modern homage to these classic songs from seminal albums is worth a visit. Tickets
Brian Wilson performs Pet Sounds (Sunday, 6/12, 5PM @McCarren Park) The 1966 iconic album, Pet Sounds, will be performed in its entirety by music legend Brian Wilson as well as fan favorites spanning his 54-year career with The Beach Boys. The show benefits the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn, too. Tickets
About the Northside Festival
“For seven days every June, over 100,000 creative and cultural trendsetters converge in Brooklyn to uncover the future of music, innovation and content; with over 400 bands, 150 speakers and 100 content creators. The Northside Festival encompasses a constellation of venues – small clubs, outdoor spaces, boutique hotels, local movie theatres and more. A single day might include discovering your favorite band, the next big start up, or the best film you’ve seen all year.” http://northsidefestival.com/